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China claims to have successfully tested a multi-warhead ICBM able to hit entire US


PLA launches a Dongfeng-31 missile in field training.

PLA launches a Dongfeng-31 missile in field training.

The following is based on reports in Chinese media, with commentary:

Mil.huanqiu.com says in its report that China successfully tested its DF-41 ICBM with multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV) technology, able to hit anywhere in the United States.

According to the report, it was the third test launche of China’s newest ICBM DF-41 that has a range of 7,486 miles enough to reach anywhere in the United States. However, the report says that the MIRV technology was not tested in the two previous tests.

The successful test of the DF-41 with MIRV technology is a breakthrough in China’s development of strategic nuclear weapons. Now, the entire United States is vulnerable to China’s strategic nuclear weapons, difficult to intercept due to MIRV.

According to the report, a DF-41 can carry 10 MIRV warheads.

Moreover, China has been updating its DF-5 and DF-31A ICBMs to enable them to carry MIRV warheads. In September 2013, China tested another long-range ICBM DF-31B that is also capable of carrying MIRV warheads.

In its report on the test, SCMP quotes Macau-based military expert Antony Wong Dong as saying that Chinese President Xi Jinping was taking a more confrontational military stance on the global stage as part of a wider strategy to consolidate allegiance within the military.

SCMP says, “‘Xi is facing a certain resistance in dealing with the massive corruption problem in the PLA,’ Wong said. ‘With challenging international political tension, the army would be forced to listen to him, just like during the eras of his predecessors, Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.’”

I believe that tests of advanced weapons have nothing to do with Xi forcing the military to obey him. It is a part of China’s arms race with the US that began when Hu Jintao was in charge. Hu began the arms race with the US due to the US “pivot to Asia” to encircle China (see my previous posts on the arms race and South China Sea disputes).

China’s tests of ICBMs, hypersonic weapons, stealth aircrafts and other weapons are, in fact, parts of Xi’s Chinese dream that means making China militarily strong. As pointed out in my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition, Xi uses the Chinese Dream to put an end to the fierce power struggle between reformists and the conservatives headed by Bo Xilai, and rallies both reformists and conservatives around him so that he will be able to carry out his thorough reform smoothly.

However, what Xi has been doing makes US military dominance precarious, especially when US has been heightening pressure on Russia that makes Putin mad in intensifying his efforts in weapon development, and strengthening his alliance with China.

Source: mil.huanqiu.com “US says China launched DF-41 ICBM again with great breakthrough in testing MIRV for the first time” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

Source: SCMP “PLA conducts full test of long-range DF-41 missile, report says”

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About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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